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Introduction to Visualisations Scientific Seminar IPTS/2008-03 by Mind Map: Introduction to 
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Introduction to Visualisations Scientific Seminar IPTS/2008-03



The purpose of data visualization is to convey information to people, so that can make something out of it (record, process, elaborate, make decision, share,collaborate, persuade) Visualistaation is now intended as a graphical representation of data or concepts: moving from being an internal construct in the mind it has become an external artifact supporting cognition.

from representation to visualisation, The power of external representations, additive or substitutive codes

Periodic Table of Visalistation Methods

guidelines to select them

Tufte Principles of graphic excellence

principis d'excelència gràfica de Tufte(1983) fins a d'altres propis de la recerca social, cal contemplar que la visualització ha de ser una representació ben dissenyada de dades interessants (substància, estadística i disseny); ha de comunicar idees complexes de forma clara, precisa i eficient; ha de donar a la persona observadora el nombre màxim d'idees en el mínim de temps i el mínim de recursos; ha de ser, a ser possible, multivariada; i , finalment, ha de dir la veritat de les dades, i així, ser fiable (Tufte; 1983). Aportacions de l'àmbit del disseny de la informació i des de una perspectiva centrada en el ser humà han servit per incorporar altres qüestions com el fet que les visualitzacions han de ser manejables; han de donar una vista de la informació global i abarcar la totalitat d'informació que s'ha de visualitzar; han de ser interactives i els espais d'informació han de ser navegables; i finalment; també s'ha considerat que la visualització ha de ser receptiva, panoràmica (Horn: 1999).i sensible a les variacions

GE is a matter of substance statistic and design

Communicate complexity with clarity, precision and efficiency

the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space

is nearly always multivariate.

requires telling the truth about the data

New node


issues to consider


Open Lists

RSS feeds


Tags tracking

Websites, blogs

the map room

visual complexity

el germinador

atlas of cyberspace

Groups/ Experiments


MIT social visualisation course

presence space and place resources

Berkeley Info Vis course

what are these tools for?

Mapping physical territories

mapping is a process of creating, rather than revealing, knowledge. troughout the process of creation, a large number of subjective -often inconcious - decisions aremade about what to include and what to xlcude, how the map will l , and what the map is seeking to communicate. In other words, a map is imbued with values and judgements of the people who construct it. Moreover, thet are undeniably a reflection of the culture and broader historical and political contexts in which their creators live. As such, maps are not objective, neutral artefacts but are constructued in order to provide particular impressions to their readers.   Maps then, are situated, embodied and selective representations. ,

geopolitical (borders, ressources, environmental measuring..), JRC maps, darfur crisis

psycho-geography, map of istambul, map bcn, cartografía estrecho, common census map

GIS/GPS, Mapserver, googlemaps, inforain

Wikimaps, open street map, tunisian prison map, history timeline

Mapping digital territories

> Beginning: explore, derive, open entrance of data, serendipity, Visualizing / data mining, information retrieval : search engines, Casual, information flows, conversations, blogs, chats, emails, we feel fine, delicious account, newsmap, GISS, relations, social networks, bureau d'études, exxon secrets/they rule, SNS, Aps, friendswheel, pajek, sonia, graphviz, visone, prefuse.., pajek, links

> development: build corpus data/ shape methodology/experiment relations, identify/ build/explore data corpus, Tics & Migrations/ Study on SC and IEM, web atlas, linkology/Anemone, ben fry, processing, digg lab, etc/group

> finalize: spread, present data, display, Many eyes, SNS, area, femenicidis, silobreaker, NYC global talk

Creating Inmersive environments

distance meeting/learning, Second life Grid education, slurl

creation of experiments on social conditions

gaming, MUD, Alphaworld, Video Games, Warcraft